It started as an embarrassing moment in a Mackay nightclub

WEDDING DAY: Bud and Tracey Greenhalgh were married at the Windmill Motel and Reception Centre in August.
WEDDING DAY: Bud and Tracey Greenhalgh were married at the Windmill Motel and Reception Centre in August. Clint Jorgensen Imagery

BAR manager Tracey Jorgensen just wanted to look at Bud Greenhalgh's driver's licence when he entered Karma nightclub because she thought he was good looking.

That was six years ago, Karma nightclub has now closed, this couple has a child and last year they tied the knot.

It started out though as an embarrassing moment for Tracey when, asking a security guard to check out Bud's licence, he said 'I'll introduce you' and shouted out to Bud.

With rosy cheeks, Tracey fled back to the bar, counted the till and hid in the smoking area until Bud, then manager of the brothel in town, had drinks with the owners of Karma.

"I didn't know he was a smoker but he came up, introduced himself and we spent 40 minutes talking until I told him I had to go back to work," Tracey said.

"We have been together ever since."

In August the Mackay girl, who was born in Blackwater, and the man from Perth made it official, saying "I do" in front of 115 people at the Windmill Motel and Reception Centre.

"The weather was perfect but during the ceremony it was windy so I don't think many people heard the vows," Tracey said.

After the ceremony the four groomsmen, four bridesmaids and the newlyweds went to have their group photos taken.

And then, as Bud's brother, Broc Greenhalgh, introduced the married couple at the reception everyone stood up and clapped. "It was a little overwhelming having a lot of people that you know and care about clapping for you," Tracey said.


Bud and Tracey Greenhalgh first met at Karma nightclub in 2011.
Bud and Tracey Greenhalgh first met at Karma nightclub in 2011. Cltin Jorgensen Imagery

"The speeches were amazing. We started off with my father, went through to the best man... my sister-in-law was maid of honour, she didn't have anything prepared but she made everyone cry. It was unrehearsed and came from her heart."

From the tears from the maid of honour's speech to the dancing once all the formalities were over, it was a perfect day for Tracey.

"I wouldn't say it was a reserved wedding," Tracey said.

"We are a little bit country so we had really nice peaceful music, punk and country. "We had all different people in the crowd, it made it really good. Everyone got up and danced and had a few too many drinks."

After the wedding, here in Mackay, the couple returned to the Gold Coast, where they'd been living, and prepared to come back home, arriving in January.

"We moved back here for work and for Izabella to grow up here. We want her to be more of a country girl than a city girl," Tracey said.

It also brought the small family closer to Tracey's relatives, including her cousin from Bowen, Clint Jorgensen. He is the photographer the couple used for their wedding. Not just because of the family discount, Tracey said, but because he is a good photographer.


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